Compare 2012 BMW M3 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 BMW M3
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
2-Door Convertible 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,290
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,100
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1002 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 88.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
181.8 180.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 12.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x 0.9 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.2 - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.6 17.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/40ZR18 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3704 3319
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
4.0/244 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
414 @ 8300 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3900 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.58 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.06 4.38
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW M3 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 7.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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